Input media preparation

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

You can obtain live content in several different ways. You can connect a live capture device such as a microphone or digital camcorder to an encoding computer that has a network connection to the Windows Media server. You can also connect other digital media playback devices such as video and CD players to the encoding computer in the same fashion to create a live broadcast of recorded material. Be sure that your capture device has a digital output signal or that you have the proper equipment for generating a digital output. Many camcorders and video cassette players are not compatible with the digital input requirements of encoders.

You must know how your equipment operates. Practice your event beforehand to avoid mishaps during a live broadcast. Ensure that all batteries are sufficiently charged and that any required equipment maintenance has been performed.